Randy Ramey’s career in automobiles began almost forty years ago in Bellville, OH at a repair shop on the corner on Main and Ogle streets. From there, Ramey’s passion carried him through 20 years working at a Chevrolet dealership and has since landed him at Ramey’s Automotive – a business Ramey owns and operates with his son, Tony.
Ramey is limited to mechanical work but specializes in engine maintenance, repair and restoration. Over the years he has been involved in 10 total restorations from the ground-up, collaborating with other talented community members to get the job done.
Ramey purchased his first restoration project in 1964 after working a year at the Bellville repair shop – a 1948 Ford from Jim Sheldon of Huntington, WV. The car sat untouched for a bit until Ramey’s father lit that spark to get his son started on the project “Randy, whatever you do, get this car done,” Ramey’s father told him.
That was all the motivation Ramey needed to take on the task of restoring his first car. His hard work paid off in 2003 when the 1948 Ford won first place in Class and Most Original in the Car Coddler Show in Milan, OH.
Ramey’s love for antique cars has stood the test of time as he still continues his craft. “Being in this business has given me the opportunity to work on all makes and models,” Ramey said. “I receive (cars) in all stages of restoration. My son Tony says I am the only one old enough in town to still work on these cars.”
A tight schedule has slowed down Ramey’s show circuit, but he still remains heavily involved behind-the-scenes supporting cruise ins with sponsorships and gifts.
Originally published in the 2022 guide.